Rethinking Development: theory + strategy

Thursday, September 20

Lecture: “The Changing Field of Development Finance”

Remy Prud’homme is Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Urbanism of Paris, Paris XII University. He has held positions including deputy director of the environment at the OECD, consultant to the World Bank, and a member of WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of mobility. His work focuses on public finance, decentralization and transportation.

Thursday, September 27th
12-2p (7-338)

Lecture: “Planning and Accountability at the Edges of Governance”

Peter Houtzager is a Political Scientist and Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK.  Sussex has a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-editor of Changing Paths: International Development and the Politics of Inclusion. His current research explores how varied social networks permeate political institutions and government agencies in the cities of Delhi and São Paulo, and shape the public services available to the urban poor.

Wednesday, October 3rd
12-2p (9-450)

Lecture: “The Jugaad State: Governing Informality in Mumbai”

Shahana Chattraj is a postdoctoral researcher in Global Cities at the Lauder Institute and holds a Ph.D. in urban planning and public affairs from Princeton University. Her dissertation compares urban restructuring in the context of globalization in Mumbai and Shanghai, with a focus on the role of the sub-national state and her current focus is on developing a the political economy of contemporary Mumbai.

Friday, October 5th
12-2p (33-206)

Lecture: “The Color of Class Revisited: Four Decades in the Life of Zambian Miners”

Michael Burawoy is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Burawoy was also president of the American Sociological Association in 2004 and is best known as author of Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process under Monopoly Capitalism and as the leading proponent of public sociology.

Thursday, October 11th
12-2p (7-338)

Lecture: “Scale-up Nation: Chinese Specialization in Innovative Manufacturing”

Jonas Nahm is a PhD candidate in political economy and comparative politics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include Chinese politics, energy sector regulation, and the politics of innovation. Jonas' dissertation examines the determinants of innovation in wind and solar power sectors in China, Germany, and the United States.


Wednesday, October 17th
12-2p (9-450)

Lecture: “China in Latin America: Challenging Development Thought and Practice”

Kevin Gallagher is Associate Professor of International Relations and Faculty Coordinator for Boston University’s Global Development Policy Program. In 2009, he served on the investment subcommittee of the US Department of State’s of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. His recent publications include: The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization (co-authored), The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley (co-authored).

Thursday, October 25th
12-2p (7-338)

Lecture: “The Second Regulatory Divide?: Workplace Inspection Regimes in Historical Perspective”

Andrew Schrank, is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He studies the organization, performance, and regulation of business in Latin America, Southern Europe, and the United States. His recent publications include: "Incubating Innovation or Cultivating Corruption: The Developmental State and the Life Sciences in Asia."

Wednesday, November 14th

12-2p (9-450)

Lecture: “Building State Capability for Implementation: Integrating Theory, Research and Practice”

Michael Woolcock, is Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government andhas a PhD in sociology from Brown University. He is Lead Social Development Specialist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank since 1998 and his work focuses on the social dimensions of economic development, in particular, the role of informal institutions in shaping the survival and mobility strategies of marginalized groups. His most recent books are: Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia (co-authored), and History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue (co-edited).

Thursday, November 15th
2-4p (E14-633)

Lecture: “Doing Development”

Dani Rodrik is the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development, and political economy. His research focuses on what constitutes good economic policy and why some governments are better than others in adopting it. His most recent book is The Globalization Paradox:Democracy and the Future of the World Economy.


Monday, November 19th
12-2p (7-338)

Lecture: “Community Development in Comparative Perspective”

Karilyn Crockett is currently completing a PhD in American Studies at Yale University. Her research is an extension of the work of MYTOWN, cited by the National Endowment for the Humanities as one of the top ten youth programs in the country. Her research seeks alternative ways of describing and documenting the built environment with particular attention to migration, marginality and economic change.


Wednesday, November 28th
5-7p (4-144)

Lecture: “Mechanism and Context: On Economic Recipes”

Anush Kapadia is a Lecturer in Social Studies at Harvard University. He has an A.B. in Political Science from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University where his dissertation looked at the evolving political economy of financial market construction in post-reform India. Most recently, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia, where he continues to do work on comparative financial systems, expanding his research to the postwar American financial system.

Thursday, November 29th
Stella (12:30-2p)

Lecture: “Right to the City: The Politics of Underground Labor Organizations in Urban China”

Diana Fu is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and holds a PhD from Oxford University’s Department of Politics and International Relations, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she recently served as a political science research fellow. Her research interests encompass state-society relations in authoritarian regimes, civil society, governance, and labor contention. She will be completing a series of journal articles about civil society and authoritarian governance in China.

Wednesday, December 5th

12:30-2p (9-450)

Lecture: “Chasing Fast Policy”

Jamie Peck, is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy, Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia.His research interests include: Political economy, urban and regional restructuring, theories of economic regulation and transformation, policymaking and statecraft, labor studies, neoliberalization, and governance. His publications include:Constructions of Neoliberal Reason (2010),Work-place: the social regulation of labor markets (1996).

Thursday, December 6th
2-4p (9-450)

Lecture: “Growth Collapses”

Rodrigo Wagner is assistant professor of Economics at Tufts University and received his PhD from Harvard University. His research interests include international economics, political economy, entrepreneurship, fiscal policy and public finance. His publications include “What is the Weakest Link for Entrepreneurial Activity in Burundi?” and “Growth Collapses” (with Ricardo Hausmann).